Current press releases

  • The preliminary investigation continues regarding the American artist who is detained by the Stockholm District Court in Sweden on suspicion of assault in Stockholm.

    Several investigation measures have already been conducted and the analysis of material continues. There is also a preliminary investigation in the case concerning the aggrieved party who is suspected of molestation and assault. On the 19 July, at the latest, the prosecutor must decide whether to file a prosecution or ask the court for a longer detention period in order to finalize the investigation. The prosecutor cannot give any further information about the case for the time being. When information becomes available, this will be provided via a press release. Court´s case number: B 9283-19     Press Service +46 10 562 50 20

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  • Comment from the prosecutor on the Court’s decision to detain Julian Assange.

    “I fully respect the court’s decision. They had to take a position on a difficult assessment issue, which I considered should be examined by a court”, says Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson. “The investigation continues with interviews in Sweden. I will also issue a European Investigation Order in order to interview Julian Assange. No date has been set yet. We will constantly review the state of the investigation.”, says Eva-Marie Persson.     Press Service +46 10 562 50 20   Further information European Investigation Order European Arrest Warrant

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  • Detention hearing in the Assange case

    On Monday 3 June at 10.00, a detention hearing will be held at Uppsala District Court. Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson has submitted an application for a detention order, in which she requests the court to detain Julian Assange in his absence. After the detention hearing, the prosecutor will be present for questions from the media.

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    On Monday 3 June at 10.00, a detention hearing will be held at Uppsala District Court. Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson has submitted an application for a detention order, in which she requests the court to detain Julian Assange in his absence. After the detention hearing, the prosecutor will be present for questions from the media.

    “I am requesting the district court to detain Assange in his absence, on probable cause suspected of rape (less serious crime). If the court decides to detain him, I will issue a European Arrest Warrant concerning his surrender to Sweden,” says Eva-Marie Persson Julian Assange has been convicted of a crime in the UK and will serve 25 weeks of his sentence before he can be released, according to information obtained from the UK authorities. An extradition process is currently ongoing in the UK, with the possible outcome of him being extradited to the US. “In the event of a conflict between a European Arrest Warrant and a request for extradition from the US, UK authorities will decide on the order of priority. The outcome of this process is impossible to predict. However, in my view the Swedish case can proceed concurrently with the proceedings in the UK,” says Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson. Contact The detention hearing will take place on Monday 3 June 10 AM at Uppsala District Court. Immediately following the detention hearing, Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson will be present at the court to answer questions from the media. An interpreter will also be present. Before the hearing, the prosecutor will not answer questions from the media. Case number in Uppsala District Court: B 3167-19. Sign up in order to reserve a seat in the court room at Uppsala District Court Press release when the preliminary investigation was resumed 13 May   Press Service +46 10 562 50 20

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  • Request for detention of Julian Assange

    Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson has today submitted an application for a detention order to Uppsala District Court, in which she requests the court to detain Julian Assange in his absence. After the detention hearing the prosecutor will be present for questions from the media.

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    Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson has today submitted an application for a detention order to Uppsala District Court, in which she requests the court to detain Julian Assange in his absence. After the detention hearing the prosecutor will be present for questions from the media.

    “I request the District Court to detain Assange in his absence, on probable cause suspected for rape (less serious crime). If the court decides to detain him, I will issue a European Arrest Warrant concerning surrender to Sweden”, says Eva-Marie Persson Julian Assange has been convicted of a crime in the UK and will serve 25 weeks of his sentence before he can be released, according to information obtained from UK authorities. An extradition process is ongoing in the UK, with the possible outcome of him being extradited to the US. “In the event of a conflict between a European Arrest Warrant and a request for extradition from the US, UK authorities will decide on the order of priority. The outcome of this process is impossible to predict. However, in my view the Swedish case can proceed concurrently with the proceedings in the UK”, says Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson. Contact The detention hearing takes place on Monday 3 June 10 AM in Uppsala District Court. Immediately after the detention hearing, Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson will be present in the Court to answer questions from the media. An interpreter will also be present. Before the hearing the prosecutor will not answer questions from the media. Case number in Uppsala District Court: B 3167-19. Press release when the preliminary investigation was resumed 13 May (link) Uppsala District Court Press Service +46 10 562 50 20  

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  • Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson has today decided to reopen the Assange case that was previously discontinued.

    The prosecutor will shortly request that Julian Assange be detained in his absence suspected on probable cause for an allegation of rape from August 2010. To be able to execute a detention order, the prosecutor will issue a European Arrest Warrant. An application for a detention order will be submitted to Uppsala District Court, as the suspected crime took place in Enköping municipality. – On account of Julian Assange leaving the Ecuadorian embassy, the circumstances in this case have changed. I take the view that there exists the possibility to take the case forward. Julian Assange has been convicted of a crime in the UK and will serve 25 weeks of his sentence before he can be released, according to information from UK authorities. I am well aware of the fact that an extradition process is ongoing in the UK and that he could be extradited to the US. In the event of a conflict between a European Arrest Warrant and a request for extradition from the US, UK authorities will decide on the order of priority. The outcome of this process is impossible to predict. However, in my view the Swedish case can proceed concurrently with the proceedings in the UK, says Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson. Reopening the investigation means that a number of investigative measures will take place. – In my opinion a new interview with the suspect is required. It may be necessary, with the support of a European Investigation Order, to request an interview with JA be held in the UK. Such an interview, however, requires JA’s consent, says Eva-Marie Persson. Case number in Stockholm District Court: B 12885-10. Decision (PDF)       Press Service +46 10 562 50 20

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  • Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson will hold a press conference on the continuation of the Assange case on 13 May 2019.

    On 11 April, the counsel for the injured party requested the Swedish preliminary investigation concerning rape be resumed. The case has been handled by Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson at the Swedish Prosecution Authority’s Development Centre in Gothenburg. At the press conference, the prosecutor will provide information about her decision, which will be formally made immediately before the press conference. Place, time and registration The press conference will take place on 13 May at 11.00, at Klara Strand, Klarabergsviadukten 90. Stockholm. Room St:a Clara. Entrance no earlier than 10.30. Include press ID or certificate from editorial staff. Please note only accredited journalists can attend. Sign up at [email protected] by 12  May at 14.00 at the latest. The prosecutor’s presentation will be interpreted from Swedish to English. There will be opportunities for group interviews after the presentation. Questions will also be interpreted from Swedish to English, and vice versa, if needed. Please observe that the press conference is the only opportunity for interviews in English, as the prosecutor does not give interviews in English over the phone. For further information about the case, see https://www.aklagare.se/en/news-and-press/media/the-assange-matter/ Contact: Annika Collin, Press Officer +46 10-562 50 15, Karin Rosander, Director of Communication +46 10-562 50 10.   Press Service +46 10 562 50 20

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  • The Swedish Prosecution Authority will change press release provider. In order to receive our press releases in the future you will need to subscribe to ViaTT.

    From 29 April we will send all press releases through ViaTT. Until we change provider, your current subscription via Cision is ongoing. Click here to subscribe to our English press releases. (Note: the text on the page and in the verification email is in Swedish but you will only receive press releases in English).

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  • The Swedish Prosecution Authority will change press release provider. In order to receive our press releases in the future you will need to subscribe to ViaTT.

    From 29 April we will send all press releases through ViaTT. Until we change provider, your current subscription via Cision is ongoing. Click here to subscribe to our English press releases. (Note: the text on the page and in the verification email is in Swedish but you will only receive press releases in English). Press service 46 10 562 50 20

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  • Update in the Assange case

    After media reports that Julian Assange has been arrested in London, the counsel for the injured party has requested the Swedish preliminary investigation concerning rape be resumed. The case will be handled by the Swedish Prosecution Authority’s Development Centre in Gothenburg.

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    After media reports that Julian Assange has been arrested in London, the counsel for the injured party has requested the Swedish preliminary investigation concerning rape be resumed. The case will be handled by the Swedish Prosecution Authority’s Development Centre in Gothenburg.

    Director of Public Prosecution and Head of the Development Centre, Mikael Björk, has decided that Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson will lead the work regarding the request from the counsel for the injured party. - We will now examine the case in order to determine how to proceed. The investigation has not yet been resumed, and we do not know today whether it will be. Furthermore, we cannot set a timetable for when any such decision will be made, says Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, Eva-Marie Persson. A preliminary investigation can be resumed as long as the suspected crime is not subject to statute of limitation. In this case, the suspected crime of rape would be subject to statute of limitation in mid-August 2020. The prosecutor cannot give further information for the time being. When information becomes available, this will be provided via a press release. Press service +46 10 562 50 20

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  • Statement regarding media information on arrest in London

    According to media reports, Julian Assange has been placed under arrest in London. The Swedish preliminary investigation against him was discontinued on 19 May 2017. In response to today’s developments, Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren makes the following comment:

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    According to media reports, Julian Assange has been placed under arrest in London. The Swedish preliminary investigation against him was discontinued on 19 May 2017. In response to today’s developments, Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren makes the following comment:

    - This is news to us too, so we have not been able to take a position on the information that is now available. We also do not know why he is under arrest. We are following the developments, says Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren. No further comments will be made by the prosecutor at this time. When further information becomes available, this will be provided via a press release. A preliminary investigation can be resumed as long as the suspected crime is not subject to statute of limitation. In this case, the suspected crime of rape would be subject to statute of limitation in mid-August 2020. The press release when the preliminary investigation was discontinued Press service 46 10 562 50 20

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